Connective tissue

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elastic connective

Contains elastic fibers and is found in the lungs. This tissue allows the lungs to inflate during inhalation and return to their original shape after exhaling.

dense regular

Packed with parallel bundles of collagen fibers and found in tendons. This tissue resists pulling forces applied by muscles.

hyaline cartilage

Has a firm, gelatinous ground substance containing collagen fibers. This tissue is found in the tracheal wall to support and prevent the trachea from collapsing.

areolar

Found under covering and lining epithelium. Its extracellular matrix contains a loose arrangement of fibers, and its viscous ground substance facilitates the flow of interstitial fluid containing nutrients to epithelial tissues. It also cushions and supports epithelia.

elastic cartilage

Contains many elastic fibers in a firm gelatinous ground substance. Located in external ear, auditory tube, and epiglottis.

spongy bone

Hard extracellular matrix forms trabeculae.

reticular

Forms a framework in the spleen, bone marrow, and lymph nodes. It contains fine, branching fibers.

dense irregular

Is packed with bundles of collagen fibers running in different directions. It is found in skin and allows skin to resist pulling forces from many different directions.

blood

Fluid extracellular matrix used to transport substances throughout the body.

adipose

Contains a large number of lipid-storing cells. It is found throughout the body, cushions and insulates organs, and stores lipids for future energy needs.

compact bone

Hard extracellular matrix containing osteons; involved in protection and support.

fibrocartilage

Firm gelatinous ground substance packed with bundles of collagen fibers. This tissue is found in intervertebral discs, pubic symphysis, and knee meniscus.

areolar blast

Fibroblasts produce extracellular matrix for these connective tissue types

reticular blast

Fibroblasts produce extracellular matrix for these connective tissue types

adipose blast

Fibroblasts produce extracellular matrix for these connective tissue types

dense regular blast

Fibroblasts produce extracellular matrix for these connective tissue types

dense irregular blast

Fibroblasts produce extracellular matrix for these connective tissue types

elastic blast

Fibroblasts produce extracellular matrix for these connective tissue types

compact bone blast

Osteoblasts produce extracellular matrix

spongy bone blast

Osteoblasts produce extracellular matrix

hyaline cartilage blast

Chondroblasts produce extracellular matrix.

elastic cartilage blast

Chondroblasts produce extracellular matrix.

fibrocartilage blast

Chondroblasts produce extracellular matrix.

blood blast

Fibers not present unless injury occurs. Extracellular matrix not produced by cells present in this tissue.

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